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Despite the fact that the feckers didn’t invite GG’s #1 roving reporter John McGowan to the bash, quite a few stars turned out for the official opening of the Wicklow Hospice this afternoon.

There was Chris de Burgh! Paul McGuinness! Simon Harris! And, eh, Laura Wood!

Yep, the craic was mighty, and good vibrations filled every corner of this 15-room hospice built on 3.5 acres kindly donated by the Columban sisters.

Providing specialist palliative care for patients and families across the county – barring West Wicklow, who have to settle for St Brigid’s in Kildare – the actual opening of the Wicklow Hospice will be April.

Today though, it was the cutting of the ribbon, with Hospice chair Sean Dorgan stating, “This is a truly wonderful achievement by the people of Wicklow. We are humbled by the efforts of groups and individuals from around the county who have come together to realise this dream to construct a state-of-the-art specialist palliative care facility for the people of the county.”

Dorgan went on to state that fundraising will be ongoing, to meet the building costs. Not sure we’ll be publicising that much. Given that the feckers didn’t invite GG’s #1 roving reporter John McGowan to today’s bash.

Local lad Simon Harris was also in a thankful mood, stating during his speech that “not only is this purpose-built facility a wonderful asset to our community, but it is an excellent example of people working together, and I think and congratulate you most sincerely for your efforts.”

Sounds like he was looking over Sean’s shoulder for that one

The Wicklow Hospice building will be open to the public to have a mooch around on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, from 11am to 3pm. All welcome. Even John McGowan.

Update: Later that night, young John managed to sneak some photos from the big day, “taken by a friend”. You can check ’em here.

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